Bahrain: back on track for success
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by Nada Alameddine
2d ago
After a challenging decade or so, Bahrain’s economy is now back on a strong footing, with the kingdom’s plans to continue driving non-oil growth in key sectors, such as fintech and tourism, gathering momentum. Nada Alameddine, managing partner at Hodema Consulting Services, analyzes the reforms, partnerships and projects that are supporting the country’s socioeconomic development against a competitive regional backdrop. Nestled in the shadows of its powerful, rich neighbors – Saudi Arabia and the UAE – Bahrain, a GCC member, lies at the crossroads of the Gulf’s main strategic sea routes ..read more
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Woman in the lead with Janina Wolkow, founder of Sumosan Dubai
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by Rita Ghantous
2d ago
Since 2002, Janina Wolkow has been leading the team at Sumosan Dubai, a restaurant known for its innovative Japanese cuisine and exceptional hospitality. Here, we discover how she has overcome challenges to position the brand as a symbol of excellence.  As a female entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, what unique challenges have you faced and how have you navigated them? Challenges come for any entrepreneur operating in a highly competitive and saturated market. I believe that as a business owner, everyone goes through similar hurdles and challenges. For Sumosan Dubai, the big ..read more
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Why it’s important to keep up with hospitality trends in 2024
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by Nazih Hafez
3d ago
Nazih Hafez, vice chairman of Sunset Hospitality Group, gives his opinion on why it’s important to keep pace with the latest hospitality trends. The hospitality industry is more dynamic and competitive than ever. Therefore, businesses in the sector must stay ahead of the curve when it comes to adapting to emerging trends. Moreover, satisfying customers’ evolving needs is vital for driving innovation, boosting revenue, and ensuring sustainability in the long run. The hospitality trends of 2024 are shaped by consumer preferences, evolving practices and innovation. Trend forecasting is cru ..read more
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Pastry innovation with Barry Callebaut and Marike Van Beurden during the Be Better My Friend launch event
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by Rita Ghantous
3d ago
The Chocolate Academy Center Dubai hosted an exclusive full-day pastry revolution event on February 21. Attendees discovered sustainable hosting practices. Furthermore, they indulged in flavors using plant-based ingredients. Guests had the opportunity to unlock their creative potential in pastry making. They were also introduced to Be Better, the world’s first plant butter for bakers and pastry chefs, which is distributed by EMF. Marike van Beurden, pastry and chocolate consultant and co-founder of Be Better My Friend, inspired attendees with her passion for plant-based cuisine and ..read more
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10 homegrown franchises to watch
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by Jennifer Pettinger Haines
4d ago
Jennifer Pettinger Haines, co-founder of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum, shines a spotlight on some of the many fast-growing restaurant brands that are already making waves in the Middle East and look destined for an even bigger, brighter future. It’s been fascinating to watch the F&B scene in the Middle East flourish, not just the sheer growth in numbers, but more importantly, in the countless impressive homegrown concepts that have been created by regional entrepreneurs. Many of these are on their way to becoming regional, even if not yet international, players. No les ..read more
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Leisure Quest brings two star-studded restaurants to Dubai
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by Rita Ghantous
5d ago
Leisure Quest is poised to revolutionize Dubai’s culinary scene with TATEL and TOTÓ in Q2 2024. Both concepts are endorsed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal. The internationally acclaimed Madrid-born restaurants by Leisure Quest, situated in Downtown Dubai’s Hotel Boulevard, Autograph Collection, assure an unmatched dining experience. TATEL Launched in 2014 in Madrid, TATEL brings a playful touch to traditional Spanish cuisine, expanding to iconic cities worldwide. With a warm, ambient space, rich shades of maroon, green and brown, TATEL exudes old-world elegance. Moreover, guests ..read more
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Destination MENA: 9 restaurant franchises with regional potential
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by Farrah Rose
5d ago
As one exciting year for international franchising comes to an end and another begins, Farrah Rose, head of international development at The Franchising Centre, takes a globe-trotting look at some of the restaurant concepts causing a stir worldwide, from poke to Parisian pastries. I LOVE POKE I love Poke is the first and largest healthy fast-casual food chain in Italy. The chain serves custom bowls of fresh seasonal ingredients that represent a Hawaiian/Italian/Japanese fusion. This exciting concept is proving highly popular thanks to its unique blend of healthy food and fast-casual appr ..read more
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All eyes on HORECA Lebanon
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by Lisa Jerejian
5d ago
With HORECA Lebanon on the horizon, we take a look at why the hospitality and foodservice trade show is a must for industry professionals. Marking its 28th edition from April 16-19, 2024, HORECA Lebanon is returning to Seaside Arena Beirut. The four-day event is set to host over 260 exhibitors, comprising food and beverage producers, distributors, solutions providers and many other specialists. More than 12,000 buyers are expected to attend HORECA Lebanon to discover innovative and exciting products and services, as well as network with peers and forge valuable business partnerships. “Our m ..read more
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5 ways to start readying tomorrow’s leaders today
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by Mark Dickinson
6d ago
Preparing up-and-coming talent for future leadership roles is key to positioning a hospitality business for further success. Mark Dickinson, of DONE! Hospitality Training Solutions, has some tips on how current leaders can carve a path for others to follow. Guiding the leaders of tomorrow is the most valuable way in which today’s managers can invest their time. This is because as they lead, guide and grow these up-and-coming talents, they are setting their own organization on the path to future success. However, hospitality managers must first set an example themselves by making an excepti ..read more
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Seafood conversations with Zakariya Sulaiman Abdullah Al Hasni, CEO of SIMAK
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by Rita Ghantous
1w ago
In an exclusive interview, Zakariya Sulaiman Abdullah Al Hasni, CEO of SIMAK, sheds light on how this flagship seafood cannery is contributing to Oman’s economic growth and stands out in the industry. How is SIMAK contributing to Oman’s economic growth? The fisheries sector is a vital component of Oman’s economic growth strategy. As a significant fish producer and exporter, SIMAK contributes to this growth. Moreover, the company specializes in aquaculture, which includes finfish and shellfish, whereas commercial fishing focuses on mackerel, horse mackerel, yellow-fin tuna and value-adde ..read more
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